Rehabilitation, Concussion Management, and NeuroCom Services
Specialized treatment so you can get your life back in balance.
The NeuroCom® System is a cutting-edge assessment tool to help people who experience balance disorders, dizziness, vertigo or other disorders that put them at risk for falling, and for athletes at risk for concussion or who have suffered a concussion.
The NeuroCom helps evaluate a patient’s injury or balance disorder by allowing our trained therapists to analyze the individual components of balance. Based on the objective data produced by the device, our skilled therapeutic staff pinpoints the problem and then properly treats the disorder or condition. Memorial is the only hospital in Michiana using the NeuroCom.
How it works
The entire assessment can generally be completed in less than 45 minutes and is completely painless. The patient is secured in a harness and stands on a moveable forceplate, which feels something like a video game in an arcade. There is a screen, moving walls and a moving floor. The patient adjusts his or her weight and balance according to the moving surroundings. Those adjustments are recorded by the system and then used to establish the patient’s ability to balance. As a patient undergoes rehabilitation, the system will record improvements.
Benefits of NeuroCom
- To find out if you have a balance problem: Reduce the potential for injury or for further injury.
- To take charge of your health and wellness: Being proactive, honest with yourself and asking your physician for a balance screening for proper diagnosis and to prevent injury.
- To accurately pinpoint what is causing your dizziness, loss of balance, etc.: This helps our skilled Memorial therapists work with you and your physician to accurately treat your particular balance issue to restore your quality of life.
What conditions or situations may benefit from the NeuroCom Test?
- Dizziness and disequilibrium, vertigo, BPPV, concussion
- Risk of falls in the elderly
- Worker's compensation issues, dizziness, traumatic head injuries Orthopedic injuries
- Vestibular and balance disorders
- Neurologic disorders, such as head injuries, concussions, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and stroke
- Pre-season testing for athletes
Prevalence and Statistics
- It has been estimated that 65% of individuals older than 60 years of age experience dizziness or loss of balance, often on a daily basis.
- Dizziness can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in elderly persons, in whom it often represents dysfunction in more than one body system.
- Every year approximately 1 out of 5 people over the age of 65 experience falls.
- Falls are a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults.
- 86% of hip fracture hospitalizations in the U.S. are individuals 65 and older and many are a result of a balance-related fall.
- Dizziness is frequently reported by litigants who have had accidental or job-related injuries. Worker's compensation claims, disability claims and lawsuits are filed because of this symptom.
- In addition to natural disorders of the balance system, psychosomatic factors, including anxiety, fear of falling, deconditioning and malingering may occur.
- Low-back pain is a leading cause of lost work days, worker's compensation claims and visits to physical therapy. Patients with low-back pain may have impairments to the afferent and/or efferent physiologic mechanisms which control balance.
- The risk for ankle sprains is higher in individuals with poor balance.
- Impairments of the ankle or hip negatively impact balance control.
- Injuries to the back can result in deficiencies in proprioception and motor response, which can lead to instability and unsteadiness.
- Head Injury/Concussion
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- At least half of the overall U.S. population is affected by a balance or vestibular disorder sometime during their lives.
- Traditional vestibular function tests fail to pinpoint some diagnoses based on patients' symptoms in a reported 30% - 50% of cases.
- Inner ear problems may not be suitable to surgical treatment, and pharmacological treatment of these conditions with vestibular medication often delays the recovery process.
For more information about the NeuroCom and how it can help you or a loved one, call 574-647-2600.
The NCAA recommends the use of NeuroCom pre-season testing for the management of head injuries and concussion in athletes. We encourage athletes in contact sports to consider undergoing a NeuroCom test in conjunction with a NeuroCognitive test such as Axon. The NeuroCom test establishes a reliable baseline of a patient’s intrinsic sensory, motor control and balance functionality before concussions occur, thereby creating a valuable database for measuring injury impact.
The technology provides objective information about a player’s recovery from head injury so that physicians and trainers don’t have to rely solely on subjective descriptions or observational tests. As a result, there is reduced risk of brain re-injury, a faster, more successful rehabilitation and improved health and safety for the athlete.